Monday, February 23, 2009

WEEKEND HERB BLOGGING #171 - THE ROUND-UP

Thanks to all for making WHB as popular an event as it has been from the get-go. As usual, a great assortment of recipes graces this edition. You'll find some old favorites as well as intriguingly novel ingredients guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds or pique your curiosity. You'll also meet some food bloggers who are new to blogging or just new to Weekend Herb Blogging. Welcome, everyone! Let's get down to dining!

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Smokin' rich red jalapeño peppers add mellow
heat and nuanced flavor, all as easy as opening a can.

Chipotles in Adobo Sauce
Ben - What's Cooking?
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

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It takes many minces of a variety of vegetables to
generously fill spring rolls, but cabbage is still king.

Mediterrasian Kalitsounia (Spring Rolls)
Maria - Organically Cooked
Hania, Crete, Greece

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A fistful of cilantro and green peas turn a fragrant
rice into a simple, yet rousing, bowl of basmati.

Kothamalli Sadam (Coriander Rice)
Nags - Edible Garden
Singapore

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Broccoli rabe's bitter memories are a thing of
the past when prepared with crushed garlic,
sweet sausage and delicate pasta.

Shells with Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Joanne - Eats Well with Others
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

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An ancient, obscure grain is a freekeh-n' brilliant bed
for a colorful medley of vegetables and spices.

Green Freekeh (Wheat) Pilaf
Yasmeen - Health Nut
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

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A serendipitous trip to a specialty market yields the
makings of a quick and crunchy dish with Asian accents.

Braised Pac Choi with Mushrooms
Rachel - The Crispy Cook
Schuylerville, New York, U.S.A.

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Radicchio and frisée add a bitter balance to rich and robust
grilled meats prepared to celebrate a special day in Greek culture.

Salad of Bitter Greens with Sherry Truffle Vinaigrette
Laurie - Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.

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You'll need a deep dish, indeed, to layer thick slabs
of fried aubergine with tomato sauce and cheese
for one of the Mediterranean's most classic casseroles.

Eggplant Parmigiana
Anna - Morsels and Musings
Sydney, Australia

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Brine lovers will rally at the double dose from capers and feta tossed
in a salad of tame tomatoes, creamy avocado and sweet, tender shrimp.

Salad of Tomato, Avocado, Feta, Shrimp, and Caper Vinaigrette
Kalyn - Kalyn's Kitchen
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

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More's the pity some folk just don't take to cilantro,
but more for the rest of us is hardly a pity at all.

Cilantro Salsa
Pam - Sidewalk Shoes
Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, U.S.A.

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A specialty dish from Middle East teaches us that the jute rug
underfoot once had leaves that work their charms in the kitchen.

Malokia (Stew with Jute Leaves)
Julia - Grow. Cook. Eat.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

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Bursting with vitality, all spinach needs is a nip
of aromatic vegetables and a dollop of dairy for a
bowl of green brilliance as quick as it is tasty.

Spinach Soup
Seema- My Endeavors
U.S.A.

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Crossing plums with apricots is complicated science. Let's
leave the lab coats to wrangle as we tuck into the simple
pleasures of juicy fruit baked under sweet, buttered oats.

Pluot Crumble
Haalo - Cook (Almost) Anything at Least Once
Melbourne, Australia

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Overlooked in Western kitchens, charming banana flowers highlight
the beauty and economy of letting no part of a plant go discarded.


Paprika is more than just a pretty face. Turning up
the heat transforms this spice powder into a
formidable flavor to burnish many a classic recipe.

Beef Stroganoff
Katie - Thyme for Cooking, The Blog
Lot et Garonne, France

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An enthusiastic gardener tours us through the finer
points of a special culinary green, rarely seen in markets.

Lovely Lemony Sorrel
Sylvie - Rappahannock Cook and Kitchen Gardener
Washington, Virginia, U.S.A.

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Apples and raisins aren't just for Thanksgiving and Christmas
when they fill deep-fried dumplings to kick off the Easter season.

Fruit-Filled Fritelle
Cinzia - Cindy Star
Bardolino, Lake of Garda, Italy

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Once you note how easy and delightful it is to create your
own fresh herbal breadcrumbs, you will wonder why you ever
bothered to reach for the cardboard box on your grocer's shelf.

Herbal Breadcrumbs
Brii - Brii's Blog in English
Valsorda, Lake Garda, Italy

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Tender, tiny arugula is a musky match for
tidbits taken from a tapas bar menu.

Spanish Arugula Salad
Susan - The Well-Seasoned Cook
New York

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Please let me know if there are any omissions or corrections. I shall make the changes right away upon notification.

Special thanks
to Haalo for organizing Weekend Herb Blogging since Kayln's departure as mistress of ceremonies. Laurie of Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska is the current host for WHB #172. Do be sure to send her your best and brightest recipes per the requirements established here. Have a great week!

18 comments:

Laurie Constantino said...

Lovely round-up, Susan, thanks! I neglected to mention how much I liked your tapas salad. The photographic trail of arugula that ran through your pictures was inspired!

Superchef said...

thats indeed a lovely roundup!! great collection of recipes!!

Haalo said...

Thanks for hosting Susan and as always, a truly delicious array of delights.

Lucy said...

Glorious round up!

Banana flowers...good lord. How utterly gorgeous. I learn something new every WHB session.

Nags said...

lovely and flavourful array of dishes :)

Dragon said...

Great round up!

Kalyn said...

Lovely job on this. I'm so far behind on everything these days (especially on reading blogs) but I'm keeping this in an open tab until I get a chance to read the entries.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

great round-up: you've had a wide range of entries judging by the variety of salads and rare greens

brii said...

ciao susan, my mail sent to you return to me. (DSN .late delivery)
my entry was this
http://briiblogonenglish.blogspot.com/2009/02/whb-170-home-made-salt-and-sweet.html

baciusss
brii

Snooky doodle said...

wow I m lost in choice. All these dishes look so good. I love herbs :)

Cindystar said...

Great round up, Susan.
Thanks again for making me part of it!
See you at next WHB!

Joanne said...

Hi Susan, thanks so much for hosting. The round-up looks awesome!

Rachel said...

Great roundup! I think I may just have to make some of that spinach soup this week.

brii said...

thank's susan for encluding me.
have a nice week
baciusss

Pam said...

Great Roundup! I don't know what to try first!

Jo said...

Super, super cool recipes and all with an element of herb being used. Great idea and what do they say, so many to try and so little time ... !

Ben said...

What a great roundup. Thanks for hosting this great event. I have enough reading material for the week now:)

katiez said...

Well done and well written!